I am excited to announce that I am a semi-finalist for America's Favorite Mom . I truly believe that this recognition is an attribute to how our Stroller Strides program has touched mom's across the country. It has been my personal goal to give as many moms as possible the opportunity to have a career that's supportive of motherhood. I thank you now for your support!
Watch me On The Today Show
I will be a guest on The Today Show on Tuesday, May 6th in the 9:00 a.m. hour. 15 Semi-Finalists will be visiting the show throughout the week.
If enough Today show viewers vote for me, I may be among the five finalists who will star on a prime-time Mother's Day TV spectacular, hosted by Donny and Marie.
The recognition will benefit the entire Stroller Strides family from franchisee's to instructors.
Mark your calendar! Please vote for Lisa Druxman between May 5th and May 9th on the .
I had the most humbling, unforgettable, inspiring run this morning. I was out on a 10 mile run, feeling a bit bummed that my running partner couldn't join me. Seemed like a long run by myself. At about 5 miles, I started up my "big" hill which was definitely my challenge for the day. I was trying to get my mental groove on when I noticed a Dad pushing a stroller coming up behind me. No way was I going to let someone pushing a stroller pass me. Then I realized he was pushing a double. My challenge was on. I needed to kick it up even more. Within moments, this Dad flew by me pushing his BOB Iron Man strollerlike it was nothing. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that not only was he pushing a double BOB stroller, but that he was also missing a leg. This Dad was so strong and on a mission. I tried and tried but could not catch up with him. I was suddenly determined to meet this man. I knew that the guys from BOB would love him! I set my sights on him but still couldn't catch up. He looked back a couple of times and must have thought I was stalking him. I didn't dare yell out that I can't catch him as I'm guessing that "can't" is not in his vocabulary. By this time, I am chasing after this man more than a mile off my route. I started thinking this was a figment of my imagination as he kept disappearing out of my view. I yelled out to him a couple of times. He responded saying, "You're still behind me?" and "Don't Stop". I finally caught up with him after about a two mile chase. I don't even get any credit for that as it was only because he turned around. I introduced myself and told him about Stroller Strides and BOB. It ends up his name is JPand he is a triathlete. Check him out at Challengedracing.com. He's a dad of two and was out training for a race that he has coming up. There are so many days that we come up with excuses. Mom's and Dad's, there are no excuses. Check out JP and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. I hope our paths cross again! JP - Send your wife over to Stroller Stridesand I'll gladly gift her some free classes! Thanks for kicking my butt today!
I've been a fitness professional for nearly two decades. I've learned the foundations of fitness from conferences to books to certifications. But it wasn't until I became pregnant with my first child that I realized what it meant to take care of my health. It changed my perspective on everything. I ate to fuel my body, my baby. I exercised in moderation - not too much, not too little. I stressed less and meditated more. I never forgot to take my prenatal vitamin and I made sure to drink my suggested water allotment each day. Yes, I had that glow. But was it from pregnancy or was it because I took better care of myself for 40 weeks than I ever had in my life? After Jacob was born, I continued on this path as I still felt that I was fueling my baby. I was a nursing mom and I wanted to pass my good health on to my new son. As he has grown older (now 7), I still embrace this way of health. It occurred to me that my pregnancy regime was what health was all about. We should all take care of ourselves as if we were growing a baby. What we won't do for ourselves, we will do for your children. This can last you far beyond pregnancy as you are always a model mom for your children. They will learn about healthy eating, exercise and wellness from you. You are the ultimate teacher and guide.
I once sat in a fitness conference where the presenter was the trainer for Madonna and Tom Hanks. The audience wanted to know what his secret was for getting them in such great shape. His answer surprised me and stuck with me. He said that it's not his secret, but it is their opportunity that gets them results. They have multi million dollar contracts and their reputation on the line. That motivates them to listen and to be disciplined. We were all inspired when we saw the results on Biggest Loser. The winner, Ali, made unbelievable changes that inspired the country. Of course, she was motivated to be healthier and thinner but the $250,000 prize was a major motivator. Most of us say we want to lose weight or to get in to shape and we get excited about how we think we will look or feel. But then life gets in the way and the enticement of dessert or a glass of wine seem more powerful than the result we are trying to achieve. That's because what's inspiring you isn't strong enough. You need to get very tuned in to the pleasure that you will receive when you achieve your result and very tuned in to the pain that you will receive if you don't. If there is no downside, no pain to you staying as you are, then you probably won't make the change. So, take some time and get very clear on what you want to achieve and what your plan is to do it. PLAN for the obstacles that have gotten in your way before and know how you are going to take a different approach. What happens when you keep doing the same things over and over but expect a different result? Make sure you do something different to get the result you want. Consider giving yourself a big reward for accomplishing your goals. Make it public to your friends and family so you have some pressure to stick with it. Keep it exciting and keep it positive so it doesn't seem like punishment. We are more likely to do what makes us feel good!
Activity - Write down what you want to achieve with your health and fitness. Write down 3 things that could get in your way. Now write down how you will overcome those obstacles. Write down 3 things that inspire you. Now write down how you will bring those things in to your daily life so you stay inspired.
I've yet to meet a mom who doesn't feel her day is filled from wake to sleep. It seems that motherhood is all about taking care of everyone else. From spouse to house, from kids to the dog, all we seem to do is give to everyone else. How many of you are burned out? I already know the answer. Would you expect your cell phone to work if you never charged it? Would you expect your car to run if you didn't give it gas? No! Then how do you expect to keep on running if you don't re-fuel yourself.
Your day will always be full. I know you don't think you have any extra time. But something has to give. Let me ask you a question. Do you want your children to take care of themselves like you take care of yourself? I'm guessing not. I'm guessing that you want your children to laugh more, stress less. You want them to play more, work less. And I'm sure you want them to take better care of their health than you do. If that's what you want for them, then want it for yourself.
Feeling overwhelmed? Set up one small goal each day that is for you. Call it "mom-me" time. Maybe it's taking a bath, taking a walk or drinking 8 glasses of water in the day. I believe that your successes will build and before you know it, you will be carving time for you. You will feel better and have more energy. You will also be a GREAT role model for your children. What we won't do for ourselves, we will do for our kids. Go for it recharge your battery!